Vladimir Putin: A Personal Comment

Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2008 09:41 pm
Three weeks after I retired from full-time work as a teacher, Vladimir Putin became the Prime Minister of Russia(9/8/’99). I left my lecturing job in Western Australia and drove with my wife across Australia to Tasmania for a sea-change. Instead of living on the edge of the Indian Ocean I came to live on the edge of the Great Southern Ocean. I moved into my home in George Town Tasmania on 23 September 1999. During the weeks before my arrival in this my sea-change town, the Second Chechen War began(26/8/’99). Ten days after I moved into my house in south George Town on the Tamar River, three kms from the Bass Strait, Putin declared the Chechen government illegitimate and the Second Chechen War moved into a new stage. "Unprecedented barbarities”(1), as this doco put it, were to be committed in the months and years ahead.

As I settled into a life of writing and independent scholarship in this place of retirement in my last years of middle age(55 to 60), Vladimir Putin settled into the role of President with his managed democracy and his managed self-image as everything to everyone. -Ron Price with thanks to 1“The Putin System,” SBS TV, 14 September 2008, 11:00-12:00 p.m.

I, too, managed my new democracy:
my freedom “from,” my freedom “to.”
But I had to work in a new system,
much simpler than the multiplicity
of relationships, a system of only my
wife and I"a dyad"retirement with
its own difficulties as we managed our
world with its new parameters, battles,
boundaries, eccentricities, paradoxes,
contradictions, confusions, seemingly
endless concerns with trivia: garbage
and dishes to dust and cleaning basins
with gumption; and with its learning &
the cultural attainments of the mind,
writing’s fascinating fusion of trifles
and some of the profound questions
in the world of existence as the future
came to look brighter than it ever had.(1)

(1) The Universal House of Justice, 24 May 2001.

Ron Price
22 September 2008

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Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2008 10:43 pm
I am very happy that you have settled yourself in a nice, congeginal admosphere and i wish a lovely life till your last minute..
Politics is something that the society admires.
In India Gandhi a non-politician had thrown out the rascals who had invaded and occupied for 200 years.
In Germany a half informed catholic illiterated had ruled and ruined with the help of all idiotic INTELLECTUALS.
In Sudan the politic is different.

I hope you understand my broken English which is not my mother-tongue.
Vladimir Putin is a regular vistor here in Germany and most of the Germans are not against his wishy washy politics.
Personally I have great respect to the critical analyticars.
What ever our future the system we endure to survive is not ideal.
but let us try our level best to leave this system with our foot-prints.
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Reply Fri 26 Sep, 2008 12:42 am
What the hell does THAT have to do with PUTIN ?

I feel defrauded.

A more honest title
woud have been:
"My Personal Experiences With Beginning Retirement",
which I have also done again, last winter in NYC.


Anyway, Best Wishes on your Retirement.
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Cliff Hanger
Reply Fri 26 Sep, 2008 06:01 am
Ron Price-- could you elaborate on this? Fill in some of the gaps, please.
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Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2008 04:49 am
It is all about oil. Chechnia is in the Caspian Sea area. I wouldn't be surprised if the CIA is involved as well. Who controls the lands near the oil fields control the the oil pipeline routes. Hitler invaded the Soviet Union for Caspian Sea oil.
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 06:14 am
Belated apologies for not getting back here sooner but I was not aware of the other responses. Perhaps some background on Chechnya would be useful here.-Ron in Tasmania
A. Chechnya within Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union

Following long resistance during the 1817-1864 Caucasian War, Russia finally defeated Chechnya and annexed it in the 1870s. The Chechens' subsequent attempts at gaining independence after the fall of the Russian Empire failed and in 1922 Chechnya was incorporated into Bolshevist Russia and later into the Soviet Union (USSR). In 1936, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin created the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1944, on the orders of NKVD chief Lavrenti Beria, more than 1 million Chechens, the Ingush, and several other North Caucasian peoples were deported to Siberia[citation needed] and Central Asia, officially as punishment for alleged collaboration with the invading German forces; the Chechen-Ingush Republic was abolished. Eventually, Soviet first secretary Nikita Khrushchev granted the Vainakh (Chechen and Ingush) peoples permission to return to their homeland and restored their republic in 1957.

B. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation Treaty

Russia became an independent nation after the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. While Russia was widely accepted as the successor state to the USSR, it lost a significant amount of its military and economic power. While ethnic Russians made up more than 80% of the population of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, significant ethnic and religious differences posed a threat of political disintegration in some regions. In the Soviet period, some of Russia's approximately 100 nationalities were granted ethnic enclaves that had various formal federal rights attached. Relations of these entities with the federal government and demands for autonomy erupted into a major political issue in the early 1990s. Boris Yeltsin incorporated these demands into his 1990 election campaign by claiming that their resolution was a high priority.

There was an urgent need for a law to clearly define the powers of each federal subject. Such a law was passed on March 31, 1992, when Yeltsin and Ruslan Khasbulatov, then chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet and an ethnic Chechen himself, signed the Federation Treaty bilaterally with 86 out of 88 federal subjects. In almost all cases, demands for greater autonomy or independence were satisfied by concessions of regional autonomy and tax privileges. The treaty outlined three basic types of federal subjects and the powers that were reserved for local and federal government. The only federal subjects that did not sign the treaty were Chechnya and Tatarstan. Eventually, in the spring of 1994, President Yeltsin signed a special political accord with Mintimer Shaeymiev, the president of Tatarstan, granting many of its demands for greater autonomy for the republic within Russia; thus, Chechnya remained the only federal subject that did not sign the treaty. Neither Yeltsin nor the Chechen government attempted any serious negotiations and the situation would deteriorate into a full-scale conflict.

The story is a long one and I am no expert on this story, but I thought some background would be useful here.-Ron
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